Lo­cal Navy Lt. grad­u­ates from Florida State

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CENTREVILLE — Lt. Don­ald C. En­gle of the United States Navy grad­u­ated from Florida State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine on May 20.

En­gle has se­lected to train as an emer­gency medicine physi­cian in the Navy. He be­gan as an in­tern on June 5 in Portsmouth, Va., and will com­plete res­i­dency train­ing four years later. After com­ple­tion of his train­ing, he will re­main on ac­tive duty in the Navy for at least four more years.

He was raised in Queen Anne’s County and grad­u­ated from Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville with the class of 1997. He be­gan his mil­i­tary ca­reer by en­list­ing in the United States Navy as an EM3/ Nu­clear Pipe­line in Jan­uary 1998.

En­gle at­tended boot camp at the Re­cruit Train­ing Com­mand in Great Lakes, Ill., and grad­u­ated in March 1998. He then at­tended Elec­tri­cian’s Mate (NU­CLEAR) A-School in Or­lando, Fla., where he grad­u­ated third in a class of 50 with a GPA of 3.57.

He then was trans­ferred to the Naval Weapons Sta­tion, Navy Nu­clear Power Train­ing School in Goose Creek, S.C., for a 24-week course. En­gle grad­u­ated with a class stand­ing of 23 of 324 over­all, four of 100 in-rate, with a GPA of 3.70.

While in Nu­clear Power School, En­gle ap­plied to and was ac­cepted to the United States Naval Academy in An­napo­lis. He ar­rived on June 29, 1999; his ma­jor be­ing aerospace engi­neer­ing. While at­tend­ing the Naval Academy, Mid­ship­man En­gle was se­lected to travel to Moscow, Rus­sia, in 2002 to par­tic­i­pate in an eco­nomics pro­gram in Peo­ple’s Friend­ship Univer­sity of Rus­sia.

En­gle suc­cess­fully com­pleted four years of in­ten­sive aca­demic, phys­i­cal and pro­fes­sional train­ing re­sult­ing in a Bachelor of Sci­ence de­gree in aerospace engi­neer­ing, grad­u­at­ing on May 23, 2003, and was com­mis­sioned as an of­fi­cer in the United States Navy.

Be­gin­ning in June 2003, En­sign En­gle at­tended Avi­a­tion Pre­flight In­doc­tri­na­tion at NAS Pen­sacola in Florida. He com­pleted pri­mar y flight train­ing in Cor­pus Christi, Texas, in the T34 air­craft. He then se­lected he­li­copters as his plat­form and moved back to Florida to NAS Whit­ing Field to learn to fly the TH57 Bell Jet Ranger he­li­copter.

En­gle re­ceived his Wings of Gold on Feb. 25, 2005, and then was trans­ferred to Nor­folk, Va., to be­gin train­ing on his fleet plat­form — the MH53E Sea Dragon. Dur­ing his four years in Nor­folk, he de­ployed to Iwakuni, Ja­pan, and Po­hang, Korea. Less ar­du­ous de­ploy­ments in­cluded some time in the Caribbean, as well as Hawaii.

In 2009, En­gle was as­signed to NAS Whit­ing Field in Mil­ton, Fla., as a he­li­copter in­struc­tor pi­lot. It was dur­ing this tour that he strongly be­gan to con­sider “what he re­ally wanted to be when he grew up.” Avi­a­tion was fun, but not his call­ing. He ap­plied and was ad­mit­ted to the Florida State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine and was able to se­cure a Navy schol­ar­ship in Jan­uary 2012, but the Navy had other plans for him for that year.

Shortly there­after, he was told he had to do one more mil­i­tary de­ploy­ment — a year in Dji­bouti, Africa, after which he pro­cessed out of the Navy and moved his fam­ily to Tal­la­has­see, Fla., to be­gin med­i­cal school.

En­gle is mar­ried to the former Rachel Pe­berdy of Mil­ton, Fla., and they have two chil­dren. His par­ents are Don­ald R. En­gle of New­port News, Va., and Penny Hig­don Cov­ing­ton of Den­ton. His pa­ter­nal grand­mother is Mary Ford En­gle of Centreville, and his ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents are the late Ge­orge and Emma Hig­don of Queen­stown.

Be­hind the inn, nes­tled un­der trees is more in­ti­mate venue for wed­dings, busi­ness gath­er­ings and Sun­day brunches, open to the public.


Lt. Don­ald C. En­gle of the United States Navy grad­u­ated from Florida State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine on May 20.

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